Developing and Implementing Local Food Shed Policies that will Lead to Improved Food Access;
Social Justice and Food Access;
Recruiting Full Service Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods;
Why Breastfeeding, Baby's First Food, is a Critical Health Issue in Arkansas;
Why Race and Place a in Community Health; and
Community Organizing Strategies for Food Policy Change.
Keynote Speakers will include Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Deputy Director of PolicyLink Mary Lee, JD; Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH; and Tyler Norris, social entrepreneur.
I'm excited to attend the (free!) summit, and I'm glad Heifer is joining the conversation. Though our name says "International," we must recognize the poverty in our own backyard. There are children and families in our local community and state who don't get enough healthy food to eat. Many factors contribute to this sad situation, so I think it's good we have so many voices coming to the table at the summit. Hunger and poverty are solvable problems, especially in a state as fertile as Arkansas.